Text Catalogue is a growing research and discourse project which documents (and therefore questions) how people occupy space – how they territorialise – and how they sometimes break patterns of occupation – deterritorialise – in productive and unexpected ways. These instances of De/terr are documented in short, discreet stories called ‘Texts,’ which are observed serendipitously in day-to-day encounters or even through organised workshops. It looks at cities and landscapes, towns and villages, from fancy buildings to common place mundanities. These seemingly unrelated narratives, when collected and indexed, are grouped together in different combinations to form overarching themes of exploration, such as Housing, Dwelling, and Migration.
Text Catalogue was founded in 2019 by Ella Fleri Soler and Andrew Darmanin, two practicing architects who strive to constantly understand how architecture shapes people and how people shape architecture, and to use that research to inform their different practices. The project is a diary of observations, an outlet for frustrations, and a space for dreamers alike to share in the discourse and research.
The project is continuously expanding through collaborations for discussions, exhibitions, workshops and publications pertaining to the Text Catalogue research agenda. Current collaborative partners include the University of Malta, MASSA Journal of Architecture and the Valletta Cultural Agency.